How Tennis is like Real Estate
LOCATION! LOCATION!! LOCATION!!!
Here at Blakeney, we have been able to have players from 2.5 up to open rankings . These teams like to corner the pros and extract the one factor that would make them better and more consistent doubles players. The answer we give most frequently is the same answer you hear from a realtor…LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION!
So what does that mean? It means that more often than not it is the location of your shot that matters more than just technique. We have all played people who we felt were not as technically savvy as we are but yet they seem to come up on the winning side. These people have a better understanding of WHERE to place the ball vs. HOW to hit the ball. Don’t get me wrong, technique has its place and it is important, but I would take a poorly hit ball to the right location over a well hit ball to the wrong one.
By learning where to place your shots, you tend to put your team in more of an offensive position versus consistently being on the defensive. As a general rule, the more you and your partner hit down on the ball (offensive) and force your opponent to hit up on the ball (defensive), the more often you will win. If you were to simply keep track of points by who hit up and who hit down, you would find the team hitting down winning the majority of points. It is this shot, and where it is hit, that makes the difference in close matches. We spend a great deal of time here at the Blakeney Tennis Club teaching the basic principal of hitting your ball down towards the person closest to you, thereby ending the point quickly. I cannot begin to tell you how many team matches I have watched where the offensive team has hit this ball to the wrong person and has quickly lost the point. Inevitably the two players look at each other and can’t figure out how they were in control of a point and ended up losing it so quickly. The answer is simple…LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION.